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message 101: by J.L. (new)

J.L. Murphey (JLMurphey) | 38 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
Hi all, my name is Jo Murphey. I write under several pen names J.L. Murphey/Jolee Morriss/GrandmaJAM depending on what I am writing. I live in Georgia, USA. I have been a nonfiction author/freelance journalist for over 30 years.

I am an indie author of fiction by choice and not from lack of offers for representation or from publishers. My writing is a way of exorcizing demons from my closet and let me tell you it was full of them. I write what I know. My "love me" wall is full of sheepskins because I believe life should be lived in the fullest without regrets.

Authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Eugenia Price, Jack McDevitt, Diana Gabaldon were or have been constant influences in my life.

My greatest influence in reading was my grandmother who was a librarian.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
"Escape from Second Eden" by J.L. Murphey
Genre- suspense/thriller/espionage
Synopsis
What would you do if there were no one you could trust and everything you once believed is false? Eiko Mueller’s life spirals out of control with her husband’s embassy assignment in Ceylon. In 1969 on this tropical island, the duty starts out just like any other until the Ceylon switches from democracy to socialism. She is a pawn in a nation-against-nation chess match for power and control. But unlike in real chess, this pawn has assets and survival skills beyond measure.

The Soviets and Chinese vying for a toehold in the Indian Ocean recruit local political figures for the upcoming election, as well as informants. At a reception for the new American ambassador, Eiko learns several democratic ministry officials plan on fleeing the country if they side loses. A startling revelation, but the Americans continue the act of business as usual.

After several attempts are made on her life, another Marine is washed up on shore after being tortured to death, her husband is kidnapped, a kidnapping and assassination attempt on her children, and political unrest rising with bombs and bullets whizzing. Eiko starts calling in markers and uses some of her well earned influence to stop the madness.
After the general election, the Socialists take power. Demonstrations begin outside the US embassy and death threats begin again. The demonstrators bomb the American embassy and stab a local police officer. The country explodes as the government imposes martial law.

When the decision comes to close the Embassy, she makes one of the hardest decisions of her life- fleeing the country with her children leaving her husband behind in dangerous territory. This novel is based on actual events.
Available: Amazon (Kindle and Paperback), Smashwords, Createspace, and other e-book retailers also under GR

"The Sacrificial Lamb" by Jolee Morriss
Genre- southern fiction/suspense
Synopsis
Jacqueline Luann is an eleven-year old girl living in a small Georgia town. When she witnesses her brother's murder by her stepfather all hell breaks loose. In a town where timber is god and Olin, her stepfather, is the owner of a pulp manufacturing company, Jacqueline battles the good-ol'-boy system of corruption, payoffs, and back-alley handshake deals. With no family left to protect her, she is drawn into the adult world. Proving her stepfather's guilt becomes a “he said, she said” with him coming out on top. Who believes a child?

On this journey, she discovers Olin’s physical and sexual abuse has left open wounds — some will heal with time while others never will. Will she find through her brother's sacrifice a new family who loves her and answers her unspoken prayers for security, warmth, and love? Or will Olin win this round too? He wants her silenced...permanently.

Available Amazon (Kindle and paperback), Smashwords, Createspace, and other e-book retailers also under GR

Under the coming soon category-
"Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption" by J. L. Murphey
Genre- Suspense/Horror
Release date- 8/31/11
Synopsis
Dr. Donna Cairn is a genetics researcher for the Center of Disease Control. When the CDC issued the Zombie Apocalypse Alert, she discounted it as a way of advertising hurricane preparedness. When a conspiracy buff working with her in the silo speaks to her about the debunked Hapgood theory of Earth Crust Displacement, she again discounts it as just that- some wacko, paranoid rambling. But when radiation levels after the Japanese earthquakes starting rising, all bets were off.

Simple dog bite patients are dying from a mysterious fever. Bodies start coming up missing from the morgues across the globe. When the death count reaches over one quarter of the world’s population dying due to this new plague, the CDC sends their best virologist, Kit Seger, to help Donna in her quest of finding the virus in her converted missile silo laboratory in Nebraska.

The dead have risen and hunger for human flesh. She never believed in zombies before, but now she believes in them. Can she and Kit find the cure before mankind becomes extinct? How do you cure people who are already dead? And better yet, how do you kill the dead?

Can it be that Donna’s unborn niece and nephew are the answer? With the earthquakes rumbling, zombies at the gate, and time running out will they find what they are looking for? Man can only hope.

Available Amazon (Kindle and Paperback), CreateSpace, Smashwords, and other e-book retailers

"Who Stole Baby Ruth" by GrandmaJAM
Genre- Childrens
Release date- 8/25/11
Synopsis
Officer Nestle Crunch thought he had his hands full with the charity concert with the hottest band, The M&M’s with their backup singers The SugarBabies, coming to town.

When Mayor mr. Goodbar’s daughter, Baby Ruth is kidnapped the town of Sweet Haven will never be the same. Will they find her in time?
Available Amazon and createspace (paperback only because it is hard to color an e-reader)

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Kernels can come from all over. I grew up overseas and seemed like I was always surrounded by authors and extraordinary events. Sometimes little things like a newscast, conversations or chats about genetic engineering, conspiracy theories, or other such innocent topic will spark a story line. It always amazes me how authors’ minds work.

For example, “Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption” started as a Fox News blurb on the CDC’s Zombie Apocalypse warning on May 18, 2011, and a discussion of FEMA camps with my husband. Within forty-eight hours the story formed in my head. It took a little while to write it. This particular novel will e-launch 8/31/2011. Fast, huh?

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I like everything in fiction.and my library shows it. I have eclectic tastes in reading and writing.I like historical romances, paranormal, suspense is my absolute favorite I tend not to like political type nonfiction because I believe everyone has opinions on it. Military nonfiction, autobiographies.

5) What's your next writing project?
“The Mayan Serpent” by J. L. Murphey
Genre- Suspense/Thriller/Espionage
Progress- 2nd editing process

Zombie Apocalypse: Travelers” by J. L. Murphey
Genre- Suspense/Horror
Progress- 1st draft

“mr. Goodbar Goes to the Hospital” by GrandmaJAM
Genre- Childrens
Progress- needs illustrations

“Surviving Hank” by Jolee Morriss
Genre- Southern fiction/suspense
Progress- 1st draft

“Engineering Death” by J. L. Murphey
Genre- suspense/science fiction
Progress- on hold

What can I say, I'm a master juggler, and a prolific writer.


message 102: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Worley (veworley) | 5 comments Prolific AND imaginative! Kudos!


message 103: by J.L. (new)

J.L. Murphey (JLMurphey) | 38 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Prolific AND imaginative! Kudos!"

Thank you Elzabeth


message 104: by Shireen (new)

Shireen (ShireenJ) | 6 comments Thank you for this opportunity!

1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Shireen Jeejeebhoy, and my English has been shaped by my British and Parsi roots and my Canadian upbringing. I write, take photographs, blog, and tweet prolifically.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story

Suburbanite Judy Taylor relished her simple happy life. She had a loving husband, three young daughters, a beautiful home. But one Fall day, intestinal blood clots annihilated her guts, and Judy faced death by starvation in a local hospital. Luckily, her surgeon heard of ground-breaking work being done at Toronto General Hospital with artificial feeding, and he transferred her there. The year was 1970. Judy lived two more decades without eating. And not only did she live decades more, she inspired hundreds in Canada, the US, and Sweden, and through her courage gave thousands life up to the present day.

Lifeliner is available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook at Amazon (all of them), Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, Smashwords, Diesel eBooks, and maybe one day kobo.

She

She is about an entity from nothing space and time called "Akaesman" who lurks in his dominion, waiting, watching through his peephole into our world for the right prey. And when he spots a good one, he forces himself into our space and time, as he did with a young Toronto songwriter one June night, consuming her, obliterating her name, changing her into his image forever. But she resists him; she wrestles with him; she seeks help in her battle. Yet she loses ground. She's ready to quit. And that's when she discovers that there is more than one kind of evil...

She has just come out and so far is available in ebook and paperback at Amazon, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Diesel eBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

Both ebooks are available on Goodreads too for purchase and download.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Lifeliner came out of a conversation with my old boss at Judy's memorial service. It was one of those light bulb moments -- hey, why doesn't someone write about her? Why don't I? She was an amazing woman; her story is out of this world.

As for my fiction, my ideas just seem to pop into my head or maybe I observe something, and it sparks an idea, usually totally unrelated to what I've just seen. Sometimes the ideas come out of daydreaming, and when they stay, then I know I may get a book out of them.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

This is evolving because the brain injury I sustained in 2000 wrecked my reading ability. I could no longer read some of my favourite authors like Rohinton Mistry or PD James. But I joined Goodreads to practice my reading, and I'm slowly expanding my reading selections, though I remain a mystery buff.

5) What's your next writing project?

I'm currently working on Aban's Accension, another novel set in Toronto, but this one is straight fiction, a character study of sorts. And a Sci Fi novel is taking shape in my head. No title yet for that.


message 105: by Atarah (new)

Atarah Poling (Cresentmoon_2007) | 115 comments Please make sure you write out the question you are answering.

1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Atarah L. Poling.
My author bio is: Atarah L. Poling was raised around Grand Rapids Michigan where she resides today. She
leans on writing as a comfort believing that
writing as well as reading is a way to escape
the problems everyone has to face in their daily
lives just for a little while.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My book title is Hidden light.

The synopsis that is located on the back of the book states Everyone has troubles in their lives and there are times that we feel like we're going through them alone. Through these poems, learn that many suffer from depression, self-harm, and other troubles. Also learn that through the dark a light will shine. There is always hope. Things will get better. The light is hidden but it will reveal itself when it's time.

Readers can find my book on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and several online bookstores. If they are not able to order online their local book store should be able to order a copy for them.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
I come up with my ideas for my fictional based books through dreams mostly because I have very vivid dreams. However this one is a book of poetry and I was able to come up with these poems based on my personal experiences.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
When it comes to books and fellow authors I am willing to read just about anything. I do prefer paranormal romance and poetry. My favorite writers are Nancy Holder, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephanie Meyer and Stephen King.

5) What's your next writing project?
My next writing project is another book of poetry also based on my personal experiences with sexual abuse and having to deal with mental illnesses and self-harm.


message 106: by Francisco (new)

Francisco Seguin (SEEpublishing) | 6 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Francisco Antonio Seguin. Born in Santiago, Chile, I have lived in Melbourne, Australia for the last 35 years on a healthy dose of 80's culture and 90's cyberpunk. My debut novel is dedicated to my four boys.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
AV Erotica is my debut novel. It's a commentary on societies addiction to visual stimulus.

Exploding like the blast from a gun, it follows a crew of kamikaze filmmakers who shoot the world in search of moments when life hangs in the balance and immortality comes at the flick of a switch; capturing dangerous hungers, coursing with the adrenal possibility of obliteration at the end of the lens. Drawn together by a search for identity, these outcasts establish a network of viewers, feeding on the visceral pleasure of corruption, madness, and life threatening moments.

When they kidnap a dour corporatist the opportunity for direct streaming presents life-changing results that confirm the power of restricted imagery, in a contained series of events; in essence they can control and change a person's life and perspective.

So when they're offered the chance to rip through the highways on a high-speed assault on the senses, with any and all means at their disposal, they take it as a chance to produce a masterpiece. However they trigger a string of cataclysmic consequences that ignites the masses and sends society into meltdown. Yet strapped to the bonnet of a GT coupe, tearing up highway at over 150 miles per hour,the havoc captured is merely the final frames of the film, as the convoluted thoughts of a life ruined by destitution; a youth broken by inhumanity; and a love denied for profit and gain, shape the back story and insight into one man’s life destined nowhere fast.

Against the images of catastrophe, unabashedly broadcast by the world media, the iron fist of the law; perceiving a threat to the population, draws condemnation from a society united by revolution in the final curtain call of a generation in disrepair.

In the end, it's a novel about the search for meaning, and when the only meaning left is the one that costs you everything.

It's available through Amazon US in paperback and Kindle edition http://www.amazon.com/AV-Erotica-Fran... ,and in Kindle edition only through Amazon DE http://www.amazon.de/AV-Erotica-ebook... and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/AV-Erotica-eb...

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
From music mainly. I'm an emotionally driven person, as well as a lover of music. I've had a keen ear since I was a baby and pick up the most intimate moments in a melody; my reaction to that tends to be emotional (pain, love, envy etc) and drives my imagination. I also tend to come up with titles first, and from there I let the title gestate and the idea for a story tends to emerge.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I'm open to most books; literary fiction, science-fiction, romance. My love of books is similar to that of music; if the opening's got an emotional hook then I'm in. I love writers like Bret Easton Ellis and Brian Lumley. But I don't tend to choose the books I read by the author. I always read the first page; if that grabs me, no matter who the author is I'll buy the book and read the rest. It's the same with non-fiction as well; because I tend to right urban literary fiction, my non-fiction tastes tend toward those real-life tales as well about dark, complex, absorbed people living in a world few would like to inhabit.

I'm also a screenwriter; so when I'm not reading novels, I'm studying film or reading screenplays.

5) What's your next writing project?
I've had seven novels on the go at the same time since 1999. Most of my work comes from the screenplays I've written over the last 20 years; I didn't want those stories to be lost. AV Erotica happened to be the first book I finished during NaNoWrimo 2008, hence the first one published.

I'm currently working on:
HOOD - an urban fairytale nightmare about the "animal" in all of us.
CULTURE SUB-CULTURE - a psychological drama set in the S&M world of nightclubbing.
CANDYLAND - another fairytale nightmare. This time about the devil that hides within us.

and many more...Cheers Francisco


message 107: by Todd (last edited Sep 04, 2011 07:06AM) (new)

Todd Tystad (ToddRTystad) Hey, great idea to do interviews. I'll add mine:

1. My name is Todd R. Tystad. I've lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, and California and my only regret is not having lived in New York City. I wouldn't rule it out yet, but it's pretty hard to beat Southern California.

2. My new book is called Blue Hill. It's about a boy who is 17 and lives a pretty normal life until he has a motorcycle accident and then discovers that he's able to do things that defy explanation. You can find Blue Hill on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and in the Apple iBookstore.

3. My ideas come from all of the people, places, and situations that I've encountered in my life. I think the world is full of stimulating experiences and all a writer needs to do is look and listen.

4. I've always enjoyed Young Adult fiction and am always looking for something new. I've never been disappointed with anything by Stephen King and I think every writer should read his On Writing. For my old school short stories, I love J.D. Salinger's books.

5. My next project is the one I'm working on right now. It's the next book in the Asa Roth series that I started with Blue Hill. Asa begins his senior year in high school and has to figure out how to live a normal life with his unexplainable abilities.

If you're interested in learning more about Asa Roth, visit my blog: http://toddrtystad.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the interview and have a great GoodReads day!


message 108: by Eryn (last edited Sep 07, 2011 12:22AM) (new)

Eryn Lockhart (ErynLockhart) | 20 comments 1) What is your name and bio? My name is Eryn Lockhart, I'm a Romance author, unrepentant chocoholic, all-around movie-hound, latter-day gypsy & bookworm. I'm addicted to travel, atomic cuisine, music & corsets, & I love to dance. I also adore any excuse to dress up to the nines or belt out tunes in karaoke.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it? I just released my very first novel for the Kindle and Nook: After Midnight. It's a thrilling full-length historical romance set during the early Napoleonic wars and Regency period; when a war between nations throws two dynamic individuals together on a whirlwind journey from the madness of the French Revolution, to the ballrooms and the underground of London, to the front lines of international espionage. It's an action packed adventure filled with intrigue, humor, passion, and treachery as two fascinating characters find that the path to true love goes hand in hand with a mission that has the power to make or break an empire, and is available through Amazon or Barnes and noble's websites

3) Where do you come up with your ideas? I'm an unrepentant romantic and history buff, and I was fascinated by the beginnings of modern cryptology, some of the more unusual street performers found in London just before the Regency, herbal lore of that day and time, and the mystery surrounding how the Hope Diamond (previously one of the French Crown jewels), wound up in London following the Revolution.

4) What books/authors do you like to read? I have a weakness for the romance genre, especially books by Judith McNaught, Elizabeth Lowell, Teresa Medieros, Diana Palmer, and Julie Garwood.

5) What's your next writing project? A Contemporary Category length romance called "Bittersweet", where a reformed hacker and a former software tycoon discover that sometimes revenge can lead you to your heart's desire. My sister requested it as a belated college graduation gift, and I'm hoping to have it completed in time for submission to RWA's Golden Heart competition.


message 109: by Michele (new)

Michele Kallio (MicheleKallio) | 32 comments 1)My name is Michele Kallio, I am a former teacher/librarian and retired medical office manager. I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but live in New Brunswick, Canada, on the shores of the Bay of Fundy with my physician husband David, and our golden retriever, Sara.
2) My book title is BETRAYAL which is the story of two women separated by two continents and four centuries. Lydia Hamilton of modern day New Brunswick Canada is haunted by dreams and nightmares of a woman from the past. A trip to her mother's ancestral home in Devon, England reveals a connection, a diary of this woman, Elisabeth Beeton, a servant at the Court of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
3)The story idea developed out of a pen-pal correspondence with a woman in Devon, England. So many conincidences began to happen as I wrote the story. At that time, in the beginning, I had never been to England nor did I study any maps, but when I started wrtiting I would make up places only to have Christine find them, extinct religious houses, village names and people. BETRAYAL is available at www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.co.uk and www.barnesand noble.com
4) I read mainly historical novels and biograhies, authors, such as Phillpa Gregory, Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Eric Ives,and others.
5) My next writing project is the pre-sequel or back story of my 21 st century characters parents and the mystery of the dreams, tenatively entitled Beyond Betrayal.


message 110: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Dunn (httpwwwjsdunnbookscom) | 21 comments Thank you Vincent, for this thread concept.

1) What is your name and bio?
J.S. Dunn; presently divide time between Ireland and the States.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
Bending the Boyne: A novel of ancient Ireland

-- Why were the great Boyne passage mounds abandoned at 2200 BCE?

The dawning Bronze Age rocked the north Atlantic with metals and trading over the waves between coasts, and a new warrior elite with new weapons.

This novel is the first fiction to show the new paradigm, that "Celtic" culture and language developed along the north Atlantic coasts of Spain and France and in the Isles, in the third millennium BCE ( well prior to the Iron Age).

Available as a quality paperback from the major retailers, Amazon, indie bookstores, and in bulk through Seriously Good Books (see the web). Also as Kindle/Nook/apps.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
The idea for Bending The Boyne arose from reading current archaeology since around 2000, and spending a lot of time exploring megaliths and ancient mines in the blazing sun or rain and wind!

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
Jean Auel, Mary Renault, Michener, E. Rutherfurd, Robert Harris, and others. Also read nonfiction titles and journals in archaeology, astronomy, genetics, and other fields.

5) What's your next writing project?
In fiction, a second novel set later in the Atlantic Bronze Age as metals trade expands.


message 111: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 22, 2011 07:20PM) (new)

1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Alexandra Lanc. My unofficial bio: I write Contemporary YA in a variety of genres, and have been writing for as long as I can remember (though earlier stories were not as good as my new stories ;)). I live in the USA in Florida with my family and calico cat, Sanura.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My newest book is called Shadows of Past Memories, and is the first in my YA science fiction series.
Official Synopsis:
"She couldn't do it. It wasn't possible. No matter what choice she made, she'd have something to face."

IT starts on a cold night, before best friends Aura and Terren are to be separated forever. During a trip to the meadow, the girls are attacked by otherworldly creatures, and an evil plot begins to unfold...
Terren: discovers she's not who she thought she was, and that she is being hunted by a monster more terrifying than her worst imaginings.
Aura: is faced with a truth she's been trying to run from, lies she's been trying to keep hidden, and an old acquaintance that keeps coming back.
Can the horrible truth be confronted, or will they be swallowed by the shadows of the past?
The first book in the Foxfire Chronicles, Shadows of Past Memories is an introduction to an entirely new world, where nothing is as it seems, and everything has a meaning.


This book is available in paperback and ebook, and can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, and BN.com. Check my website for more info: http://www.alexandralanc.com

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

My ideas come from everywhere and nowhere. I can look at a leaf outside and get an idea, or I can be watching a movie and get an idea. I can even be sitting still staring at the ceiling and get an idea. My best ideas, however, come from talks with my friends or strange dreams I've had.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

I like YA fiction, though I'll read Children's, Adult, or Christian fiction. My favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy, and Horror (all with a bit of romance), which is also pretty much what I write. My favorite authors are Eoin Colfer and Ridley Pearson.

5) What's your next writing project?

My next project is the sequel to a new novel that I will be releasing in Spring 2012, called "The Ending". It's a fantasy novel with some realistic aspects. I'm looking forward to working on it. ;)


message 112: by Carrie (last edited Sep 23, 2011 10:20AM) (new)

Carrie Olguin (keriokie) | 15 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

Hello everyone. My name is Carrie Olguin (Ol'geen). I'm a full time mother of a nine year old boy who loves to play ice hockey. When I have spare quiet time, I write Romance novels of the Paranormal, Science Fantasy/Adventure type.

Currently, I am working to fulfill a five book contract with Moongypsy Press with my Five Worlds series.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

The novel is "Fire and Ice" available in print and ebook at www.MoongypsyPress.com, Amazon and other on-line book retailers.

There's a Goodreads Book Giveaway on right now through Oct 5, 2011. Check the book link for details. Fire and Ice, Five Worlds Series

The book blurb:
(Word count aprox 98K – heat rating 3 of 5)
On planet Majien of the Five Worlds, Sarica inherited the debts of her father, which she can’t repay. The law demands her indentured servitude. Fate taunts her to find the lost City of Almona, the adventure that claimed her father’s life. She becomes the property of a judge, a man she fears. And desires. How can she attain freedom to answer Fate’s call?

Rosche burns for Sarica. The extreme cold she generates through her skin can soothe the curse he bears of creating heat through his. Emotions incite the beastly fever to flare. Because he is callous, she had rejected him as a suitor. So he buys her servitude. As his most precious possession, he will keep her. Forever. Will he risk their lives on an expedition to find Almona City to finally win her heart?

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

I find ideas everywhere, Internet, TV, books, and while people. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon.

What I had to learn was to see one idea to completion - my muse has a bad case of ADHD. It's taken me years to obtain that discipline. Though I still struggle with "project hopping" (my form of writer's block) I've developed mental tools that help me stay focused on one story until complete.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

Romance novels are my first love, historical and paranormal sub-genres. I also read Urban Fantasy.

I am a Moning Maniac.

My list of favorite authors is extensive and ever changing. Looking at my Goodreads book list, I have to mention Terri Brisbin (Highlander, not the Avon books), Robin Owens (Magical Fantasy), Gena Showalter (Darkest Series) and Elizabeth Rolls (historical).

5) What's your next writing project?

"Dreamsayer" is the next release for the Five Worlds series (date TBA). I submitted the work to the publisher last week for polishing. The concept for the cover art is awesome Can't wait to show everyone.

After that I'm working on another Five Worlds release, "Reality Shift."

Information about the series and the stories I'm working on can be found on my author's web site at www.CarrieOlguin.com.


message 113: by Ghunterhanks (new)

Ghunterhanks | 5 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

G. Hunter Hanks is a pen name for Gregory H. Hanks. I was born in North Carolina and make South Carolina my home. Teaching and writing are callings. I've been teaching composition, literature, and student success for 13+ years in both public high schools and community colleges. Exercise keeps me balanced, nature keeps me grounded, and learning keeps me humble. You can find the blog at http://ghunterhanks.org/.



2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

The book is Sister Moon: Stories of the Supernatural, available as an Amazon Kindle ebook. Since it's a collection of 13 short stories, most readers can find something they enjoy. Most are urban fantasy, although a few can be read as fiction. To describe a few, in "Drifter", students stumble upon something in the wilderness looking for a sacrifice. In "Fallen on a Moonlit Night", Reed searches for others like him but stumbles upon a pack of predators who've given into their animal cravings. In "Mr. Button Saves the Day," young Claire befriends a brownie who helps her family. In "Swamp Duet", Joanne's secret love is sidetracked but not stopped when her boyfriend becomes a ghost.


3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Most of my ideas emerge from dreams as a snapshot or single moment. Then asking myself questions like, "what happens next?" or "who are these people?" develops the plot, characters, and setting. Dreams always come with emotion, so I'm usually trying to capture the feelings or mood from the dream. Stories about magic work particularly well because dreams and magic share the same logic, different from the waking world.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

Tough to single out only a few from so many great ones! I'm amazed by Rachel Caine, Carrie Vaughn, Robert Jordan, and S.M. Stirling. Other great authors include David Weber, Mike Shepherd, Nancy Kress, and Lois McMasters Bujold. My degrees are in English, so lots of great classics, too.

5) What's your next writing project?

Currently, I'm working on a small set of short stories, likely to be an Amazon Kindle single this Christmas. The novel Lightning Strikes Twice is as yet unpublished. In it, Jason Korbin and his girlfriend Rayn realize that their benign actions have come to the attention of serious evil when a sword-swinging ghost tries to kill them. I'm currently writing the sequel.


message 114: by Michael (new)

Michael Lavergne (FIXINGFASHION) | 24 comments Annelie wrote: "1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Annelie Rozeboom. After obtaining a degree in journalism, I went to China for twelve months, and ended up staying eleven years. As the China correspondent f..."


Though your post is months old I wanted to reply and say thank you for your comments and insights into your book. Having spent the past 6 years in Asia and dedicated a few years of writing time under Her spell I look forward to delving into 'Sister Moon'. All the best,
Michael


message 115: by Karen (new)

Karen Wyle (kawyle) | 227 comments Thanks for the opportunity!


1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Karen A. Wyle. I am an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two daughters, living in a county outside a town in Indiana. I am a lifelong reader and sometimes an author. I write science fiction, general fiction and picture books -- so far.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My current release is Twin-Bred. It is on Amazon as a paperback and ebook, in the Nook Store, and on Smashwords.

Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists and the native Tofa still know very little about each other. Misunderstanding breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating. Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species. Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas. Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

You'd have to ask my subconscious -- that's where the action is. I do tend to view current events, gossip, etc. through a science fiction lens. The idea for Twin-Bred came from an article about new videos of twins in the womb, showing an amazing amount of interaction between them, and also touching on the lasting trauma felt by those who lose a twin in utero or shortly after birth.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

I read science fiction, historical fiction, biography, history, 18th and 19th Century English classics, mysteries, YA, and once in a while a bit of fantasy. Mary Doria Russell -- whose books have included science fiction and historical fiction -- is one of my favorite authors.

5) What's your next writing project?

I have two rough drafts awaiting my attention -- the sequel to Twin-Bred, and a novel set in an afterlife of my own devising. (I'm hoping to edit the latter first, but I'm stuck on a plot point.) I also plan to continue my series of science fiction stories concerning human cloning. The first in the series, "The Baby," is a free ebook on Smashwords (99 cents on Amazon).


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Betsy Miller Hi Vincent,
I'd like to respond to your questionnaire, but I'm not sure how to put in working links. Can you give me some advice?


message 117: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Miller 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Betsy Miller. I live in Silicon Valley with my husband and daughters, where I write about wireless technology for high-tech companies. I also write nonfiction books about children’s health topics, and fiction that spans a number of genres. You can see some examples at http://betsymillerbooks.weebly.com.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
My newest book is The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot. The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot is the only book about clubfoot treatment that is written as a resource for families. It can be preordered at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and will be available through mainstream booksellers in February 2012.
On the fiction side, three of my short stories—Equilibrium (romance), Half and Half (mystery/suspense), and Negative Space (literary), have been published in ebook format through Untreed Reads.

Equilibrium: A short story from the Candlelight romance line.
Worn out at the end of an ordinary day, Emily stops at a roadside diner, where she meets Jim, a sensitive man who intuitively understands her. Can she move beyond the pain of her broken marriage and rediscover the simple pleasures in life over a bowl of soup?

Half and Half: A short work of crime from the Fingerprints line.
It's Friday night at the local roadside diner when Roy stops in to fuel up for a night of gambling. He's got a bankroll, and the knockout at the bar just let him buy her a drink. It's boom or bust and the night is just getting started. Is Roy a high roller, or is someone else about to show him up?

Negative Space: A short story from the Nibs literary line.
After a recent miscarriage, a young artist shuts down emotionally. She separates herself from her feelings, seeing the world as a series of disconnected shapes and forms. As she returns to her art, she begins to look for ways to move beyond the pain of loss. Can she find the strength to leave the negative space of isolation and reconnect with her husband?

You can find these short stories at the Untreed Reads Store (www.untreedreads.com), at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and most places where ebooks are sold.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
I wrote my first book The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia to fill an unmet need. I have hip dysplasia, which is how I learned about that condition. At the time I wrote it, there were no books in print about hip dysplasia, and very few resources for families. I found I liked writing about pediatric orthopedic topics, which led to my decision to write The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot.

On the fiction side, I get ideas from everyday life.
Most of my work has contemporary, realistic settings. I got the idea for Equilibrium from a newspaper story about a divorce. Half and Half grew out of some bits and pieces of an odd conversation I overheard at IHOP, and Negative Space emerged from my experience editing a nonfiction book about postpartum depression.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I read a lot of different authors and a variety of genres—nonfiction, literary, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, and once in awhile I’ll read some chick lit. In the new year I’m going to try to put more of what I read up on Goodreads. The books on my “to read” shelf include The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, which is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith , and A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which is the next selection in the book club that I’m in. I like being in a book club because I discover interesting books that I might not otherwise know about.

5) What's your next writing project?
I’m working on a young adult novel with the working title All She Wants to Do Is Dance. It’s about a teenager on a high school dance team who undergoes hip surgery. I’m in touch with a number of teens who have been through this surgery, and it’s a very intense experience. I know that paranormal is hot right now, but I believe there’s room for contemporary realistic fiction too. My aim is to appeal to teens in general with this novel. Teens are great and I love capturing a glimpse of their world view.


message 118: by L. (last edited Jan 04, 2012 06:03PM) (new)

L. Gibbs (ldgibbs) 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is L. Darby Gibbs (answer to Elldee). I write poetry, short story and novels, mostly science fiction. I have lived all over the U.S., spending most of my time on the two coasts. I have a blog which I use to talk about writing related topics. I also post a weekly writing prompt every Tuesday (creative writing teacher, so I can’t help myself).

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
My book is titled In Times Passed (Book 1 in my Students of Jump series)
It is published on Smashwords.com http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

Short Synopsis - Brent Garrett is an impulsive twenty-something year old who managed to manipulate a normal nerg box (energy replacement unit about the size of a phone booth) and wound up with a time machine. He has not applied himself to any worthwhile project, which as a member of Meredith Complex he is expected to do. So a leap into the past seemed to be just the recipe for getting away from expectations he wasn't fulfilling and finding new expectations to meet. But things are not what he expected. They never are.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Anywhere and everywhere, from music to dreams, to my husband saying, “Write about a planet that is all desert with rivers that run underground. And call the story Gardens in the Cracks.” I even wrote one story sitting in my car during my lunch hour looking out at John Deere trackers parked waiting for maintenance in the lot across from me. And yes, the story had a tractor in it.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I am currently enjoying finding new SciFi authors to read, but my standing favorites are Jasper Fforde, Robert Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Terry Brooks, J. R. R. Tolkien, Larry Niven, Andre Norton ..., many of the masters.

5) What's your next writing project?
I am currently working on an anthology of SciFi stories called Gardens in the Cracks and Other Stories.
I also have three other books in my Students of Jump series that are drafted and in edit.


message 119: by L. (new)

L. Gibbs (ldgibbs) 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is L. Darby Gibbs (answer to Elldee). I write poetry, short story and novels, mostly science fiction. I have lived all over the U.S., spending most of my time on the two coasts. I have a blog which I use to talk about writing related topics. I also post a weekly writing prompt every Tuesday (creative writing teacher, so I can’t help myself).

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
My book is titled In Times Passed (Book 1 in my Students of Jump series)
It is published on Smashwords.com http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Anywhere and everywhere, from music to dreams, to my husband saying, “Write about a planet that is all desert with rivers that run underground. And call the story Gardens in the Cracks.” I even wrote one story sitting in my car during my lunch hour looking out at John Deere trackers parked waiting for maintenance in the lot across from me. And yes, the story had a tractor in it.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I am currently enjoying finding new authors to read, but my standing favorites are Jasper Fforde, Robert Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Terry Brooks, J. R. R. Tolkien, Larry Niven, Andre Norton ..., many of the masters.

5) What's your next writing project?
I am currently working on an anthology of Sci-Fi stories called Gardens in the Cracks and Other Stories.
I also have three other books in my Students of Jump series that are drafted and in edit.


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Cariniao | 13 comments Patsy Rivera http://www.facebook.com/authorpatsyri...
book Wendy and the witch


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Terri Morgan | 14 comments 1. What's your name and bio? I'm Terri Morgan, and I've been a freelance journalist and writer for over 30 years. After focusing exclusively on non-fiction, I wrote my first novel, which I self-published as an e-book in November, 2011.
2. What is your book title, synopsis and where can readers find it? My book is called Playing the Genetic Lottery, and it's a fictional memoir of a 32-year-old wife and mother who grew up with two schizophrenic parents. The first half of the novel focuses on how Caitlin, my protagonist, and her brother try to cope with their tumultuous childhood. The second half focuses on how Caitlin comes to terms with her past, and works to forge a peaceful and serene life for herself. Currently, it's available as an e-book through Amazon.com and through Smashwords. I plan to publish a paperback version of the novel in 2012. I've posted excerpts from Playing on the Genetic Lottery on my website, http://terrimorgan.net.
3. Where do you come up with your ideas? The idea for this novel came from a conversation I had with a friend, who, like myself, is fascinated with people and what makes them behave the way they do. Kathy mentioned meeting a woman who essentially raised her six younger siblings because their parents were both mentally ill. The light bulb went off in my head when she told me that, and suddenly I just knew I had to write this novel.
4. What books/authors do you like to read? I love to read, and I read a wide variety of books. I love fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, crime novels, biographies, you name it. Just to give you an idea, over the past week I've read Jack London's Call of the Wild, the first book in Henning Mankell's Wallander series, and started reading Mockingbird, which is a biography of Harper Lee, who wrote to Kill a Mockingbird. Which, by the way, is one of my favorite books, along with John Steinbeck's East of Eden.
5. What is your next writing project? I would love to start working on another novel, but unfortunately it's really hard to earn a living writing fiction. So for the time being, I'm going to have to focus on commercial jobs, and help non-profits communicate their messages to the public.


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Kristi (KristiCasey) I think this is a great idea Vincent! You mentioned you did this on your blog. Would it be okay for another blogger to copy/paste these open interviews from this discussion board?

If so, what would be the etiquette for giving credit where credit is due? It obviously wasn't my own original idea, so...?


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Tony Rattigan | 4 comments Urenna wrote: "1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Urenna Sander and I live in Pennsylvania. I am the mother of two sons. I attended Temple University and work as an Administrative Assistant.

2) What..."


Urenna wrote: "1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Urenna Sander and I live in Pennsylvania. I am the mother of two sons. I attended Temple University and work as an Administrative Assistant.

2) What..."


Can I just make one comment? I don't mean to be unkind but one of my pet hates is when the author tells me what the book IS, (I don't mean what it is about) but when they describe the book as ... in your case, 'mesmerizing' and 'hauntingly beautiful'. I WILL decide whether it is 'mesmerizing' or not. Authors should not make judgements on their own work.


message 124: by Declan (new)

Declan Munro | 7 comments my name us Declan Munro I write psych thrillers. i have two cats. cats make a great study for murderous thriller killer novels don.t they.

my current book can be bought on amazon or on our blog spot Nightingale Cale Murder is relative. http://shardpubs.blogspot.com/. Think yu know your nieghbours the hell you do!

My influences are dreams and spontaneous ideas that pop into my head.


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Joseph Badal (badalbooksgmailcom) | 52 comments I thought you might enjoy my recent TV interview.
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2...


message 126: by Bryan (new)

Bryan (AirithAuthor) | 24 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
Bryan Butvidas is a web guru and software developer from Southern California. Growing up in an lower middle class and super Catholic family, Bryan draws his humor from his father, who not only drove military like upbringing, but would put a sick twist on reality to make things seem not so bad.

Once Bryan was old enough to drive, he left his childhood home and embarked on a pilgrimage of partying and pizza delivering until he accidentally discovered his dark talent to write materials that would draw confusion to the masses.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
Book 1: Christwire Handbook: A national media sensation, ChristWire.org takes righteousness beyond the bounds of reason. You can’t argue the truth. If God didn’t send tornadoes to warn blacks about rap music, who did? If your husband isn’t a closet gay, he must secretly be Chinese. Don’t send your son to college unless you want to expose him to the dangers of vajazzling. This is no joke, folks. ChristWire is here to save the world from falling into the hands of sanity.
http://www.christwirebook.com/

Book 2: Airith - Death of a True Love
“And then we touched in a way that only true lovers could.”

Earth is split into two warring factions.

The only hope for the world’s safety is two lovers that share a connection greater than love itself and use that bond to save Earth from total annihilation.

In the end, one lover will die to save the other’s life.

“Love is selflessly giving your breath away to allow someone else to breathe.”
http://www.airith.com/buy-book/

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
To be honest, I have no idea. I will wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and write them down in the notepad I always have ready laying on my nightstand.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I like reading philosophy and humor books. I really enjoy and always go back to read Plato.

5) What's your next writing project?
Working on the second part of my Airith Saga series.


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Andrew Chamberlain (AndyChamberlain) | 48 comments What is your name and bio?

My name is Andrew Chamberlain, and I am a novelist, ghostwriter and creative writing tutor. I have a wide range of tastes in terms of what I like to write; I tend to let my imagination explore a theme and just see what happens. My work is influenced by my Christian faith, sometimes very overtly, as with my 2004 novel Urban Angel; and sometimes very subtly, if at all. There is often a tension in my writing because I like to explore dark and sometimes violent themes and place these in a moral context.
I also love the short story form and have recently self-published a couple of titles for the ebook market through Smashwords. I enjoy teaching elements of creative writing and I am a regular tutor on the Lakes School of Writing courses in England. http://lakesschool.com

What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My novel Urban Angel is a Christian supernatural thriller; set in a contemporary environment it explores the battle between spiritual good and evil, and the nature of human in the intensity of an urban environment. This novel would appeal to anyone who is interested in exploring this subject from the Christian worldview. It is available in print from Amazon, and I will be available in e-book format very soon via Smashwords. I hope to publish a sequel to Urban Angel in the next few months.
Additionally I have ghost-written the stories of some amazing people who have had their lives transformed by an encounter with God. These titles also available on Amazon are: A night out with the boys, Conquering the dragon, and the best-selling Once an Addict.
Aside from my Christian writing I have also self-published a couple of titles in ebook format through Smashwords: Scouting for Lucy a short story in the romantic genre that has received very positive reviews,
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

and Precious Cargo which is a sci-fi / mystery tale
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

The former is a free download, and the latter is free with the coupon code: CF63P until the end of February 2012.

Where do you come up with your ideas?

I think most writers are like magpies, in that we collect anything unusual and interesting – people, emotions, and situations. We collect these things in the hope that they might give us inspiration in the future. I don’t go out looking for these ideas but if I hear about something or experience it myself, I will store it for future use!

What books / authors do you like to read?

Again it’s a wide range of works, much of it in the fantasy / sci-fi / weird fiction genres. I think my favourite authors would be: China Mieville, who is a genius of weird fiction, Neil Gaiman, and Iain Banks.
What’s your next writing project?

I have two on the go at the moment. One is going to be for the YA market; it’s going to be a Sci-Fi thriller aimed at the male audience. This is an exceptionally hard market to get in to but the market was dictated by the story, so that’s where I had to go.
The other project draws on my Christian heritage and will be an exploration of the struggles people have with faith; the book will act as a guide, and indeed is written as a kind of travel guide, for those who are distant from God and want to somehow find their way back.


message 128: by Hock (new)

Hock Tjoa (hockgtjoa) | 62 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
My name Hock Tjoa; I was born in Singapore but have lived in the U.S. for a long time. I am retired from banking, finance, etc. and trying to trace my Chinese roots.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
My first book was "The Battle of Chibi" selections that I translated from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese classic that I believe deserves a wider audience. It is available from Amazon at http://amzn.to/yqm0h5. It is difficult to wish for an abridgment of "The Lord of the Ring" but a non-western classic that has more than 1000 in its cast of characters needs to be pruned some.
My second attempt at making more of Chinese history and literature available is "Heaven is High and the Emperor Far Away, a Play" which is adapted from Lao She's Tea House. That play has over 70 characters and the drama unfolds over 50 years; it now takes place over 25 years and has 25 characters. This does not necessarily make it better but I hope it leads some to read or even perform this marvelous Dickensian work.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
These two works came out of "homework" I did when I got bored with the exercises in the teach yourself Mandarin books that I had been using.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
See my Authonomy profile http://authonomy.com/writing-communit...

5) What's your next writing project?
See my blog (I try to update it with a fresh blog every two weeks or so) http://bit.ly/ucgs8y


message 129: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (ubersoft) 1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Christopher Wright. I was born in Virginia, currently live in West (By God) Virginia, and have been doing Irresponsible Internet Things for a very long time. I have, for example, been publishing a web comic since 1996. Last year I also started publishing fiction. Very recently I consolidated all my Mad Internet Ventures into a single place, Eviscerati.Org, where I fully intend to show them, to show them all... I just haven't figured out how.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

Pay Me, Bug! is a cheerfully irreverent space opera...

Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, just pulled off the job of a lifetime: against all odds, he and his crew smuggled a rare anti-aging drug out of Ur Voys, one of the most secretive and secure facilities in the Empire of the Radiant Throne. It was every smuggler's dream, the "Big Score," and they find themselves filthy rich as a result.

But their good fortune attracts exactly the wrong kind of attention: the Alliance of Free Worlds has been trying to infiltrate Ur Voys without success, so they conscript the only man who has: Grif Vindh. The Radiant Throne, desperate to know how their security was so easily thwarted, send one of their best to track him down and learn the truth... by any means necessary. Grif and his crew must perform the impossible a second time: break into Ur Voys, steal something so secretive their employers don't really know what it is, and get away clean.

Along the way they'll have to deal with deadly spies, psychotic telepaths, vicious cyborgs, inconvenient family ties... and a hyperintelligent bug who always bets against its captain.

The book can be found in a number of places:

On my website, in serial form.

On Amazon.com, in Kindle format.

On BarnesandNoble.com, in ePub format.

On Smashwords, in ePub and other formats.

On
Seriously though, it depends on the story. For Pay Me, Bug!, the novel was originally a short story that wound up being the first four chapters, and the rest of the story was a result of me asking myself "what are the consequences of winning that big?" My current work-in-progress was based on a feeling I'd get when I would drive late at night down a particular highway that was lined with trees.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

Susan Cooper is probably one of my favorite authors. The Dark is Rising books are definitely my favorite series. Also... Larry Niven, Harry Harrison, Fritz Lieber, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams.

5) What's your next writing project?

I am currently writing a novel in serial form called The Points Between, a modern, almost Southern Gothic fantasy that is sort of an homage to Charles Williams (which is weird, becuse he isn't even remotely Southern, but there you are). It's currently being published chapter by chapter on Eviscerati.Org (with audio podcasts) and will be converted to various eBook formats later this year.


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Yuriy Shishkov (YuriyShishkov) | 5 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

Yuriy Shishkov. Born in the USSR in 1964. All my life I was struggling with our cruel Soviet regime. Witnessed and felt on my own skin the tyranny of the totalitarian system, survived Chernobyl catastrophe and KGB oppressions. Began making guitars literally underground in a root cellar. I had to hide my passion, since it was a form of a Capitalism. After risky attempt to move to USA I became a professional guitar maker in America, building guitars for musicians, collectors and many famous artists.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

"If Guitars Could Talk". You can download it from Amazon, B&N or iBooks.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Well, its my life. Life in the USSR, and not only mine but also my family and other people's. It covers everything from our social life, schools, politics, and Soviet music. Its hard to mention topic which has not been discussed in my book. Many years of notes, memories and recollections fall into a 460 page book.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

I have very limited time to read due to my load of work, but if I can, I read about life of monks and holy people. To do what these people do is impossible without true blessing of God.

5) What's your next writing project?

I have to write description of my next art-guitar at work... Once again, it will have precious metals, stones and diamonds. When completed, It will be a "book", but in a physical form.


message 131: by Lana (new)

Lana Bradstream (lanabradstream) | 145 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Lana Bradstream. I grew up on a ranch in South Dakota and worked as a newspaper journalist and editor for 11 years after high school. I recently moved to Tulsa.

2) What is the title and synopsis of your book? Where can readers find it?
My book is ETHEREAL INFLUENCE: THE BIRTH.

Synopsis: A person's faith can waiver when life becomes difficult. It is during those times when God's angels can appear and attempt to deliver guidance. Alas, God is not the only one with angels. The death of Laura's baby shakes her faith to the core, leaving her open and vulnerable. With her faith in the balance, her soul becomes the battle ground between good and evil. The angels Ben and Ryan war with one another over whether or not Laura's faith can be restored or her plunge into darkness will continue.

This first book in the ETHEREAL INFLUENCE series can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for your Kindle or Nook.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
My ideas are generated from everyday experiences and emotions. I also have a very active imagination. While I am doing my day-to-day tasks, my mind will keep me entertained. Also, other books and movies will spark ideas for me.

4) What books or authors do you like?
It is hard for me to pick a favorite. The authors I really enjoy include Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss (old favorites die hard), Anne Rice, Dan Brown, John Grisham, Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. I tend to read and enjoy almost anything. I steer clear of romances, though. My favorite book is 1984.

5) What is your next writing project?
I am currently working on two novels -- the second in the ETHEREAL INFLUENCE series. This book centers around the Inquisition. The other novel I am working on is a horror entitled LIVING IN HELL.


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Harold Titus (HaroldTitus) | 67 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
Harold Titus. I grew up in Southern California, graduated from UCLA, and taught eighth-grade students English and American history in Orinda, CA. I coached many of the school's boys and girls sports teams. I retired in 1991, moved to Oregon, and am active in state politics.

2) What is the title and synopsis of your book?
"Crossing the River." Real and semi-fictional characters bring to life General Thomas Gage's failed attempt April 19, 1775, to have military stores stockpiled at Concord, Massachusetts Colony, seized and destroyed. People of high and ordinary station, choosing to or forced to participate, must confront their worst fears. Revealing the internal conflicts, hubris, stupidity, viciousness, valor, resiliency, and empathy of many of the day's participants, the historical novel is both a study of man experiencing intense conflict and the varied outcomes of high-risk decision-taking.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Intriguing stories about people living in interesting times. Researching the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the British army's subsequent retreat, I discovered in various town histories accounts of ordinary people thrusted into extraordinary cincumstances. Journal entries of junior British officers presented a different perspective of the events. Using this material and my imagination, I was able to create an accurate narrative of an important historical event and portray universal human conflicts.

4) What books or authors do you like?
Historical novels mostly with strong characters. Winston Graham's Poldark novels, Patrick O'Brian's sea-faring novels, A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s novels of the West, Wallace Stegner to name a few.

5) What is your next writing project?
Possibly resuming a narrative of the Roanoke settlements during the 1580s.


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1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Heather Briggs. I currently reside in a small town located in southwest Louisiana with my fiance, 3 children, and plethora of pets. I love reading as well as writing and i strive everyday to set forth good material that i would be interested in reading myself

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
Lucky Shot.
When Lucky Devereaux decides to move to Parks La for some peace and quiet following the sudden death of her adoptive parents, she never would have imagined the horrors that awaited her. Caught in a whirlwind of grisley murders and ghostly visits, Lucky must race against the clock to stop a killer in her tracks. The only question is, will she stop it before its too late?

It can be found:

on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007J5CB3I

on b&n: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucky...

here on goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/hbriggs_author

my ebook trailer can be viewed at:
http://youtu.be/KPncrv2x7K8


3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
I have always had a crazy imagination. sometimes they come from dreams, and sometimes i hear or see something that gives me the next part of what i needed.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I absolutely love anything by Dean Koontz. Iris Johansen, Heather Graham, Patricia Cornwell, and my newest favorite it the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey.

5) What's your next writing project?
I am currently working on the second book in my Lucky Devereaux series, i am also playing around with a fantasy book that i wrote years ago and stuck on the shelf. I would like to turn it into a YA Fantasy series.

I wish good reading to all. Thanks, Heather


message 134: by Chris (last edited Mar 31, 2012 06:45AM) (new)

Chris Griffith (CAGriffith) | 3 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Chris Griffith and I live in the metro Atlanta area. My 28 year career has been in law enforcement, including four years undercover narcotics investigations out of the DEA Atlanta Field Office, three years in Fugitive/Fraud investigations and five years as commander of Internal Affairs.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
My novel is titled, 'Code of Misconduct'. It is a crime thriller set in Daytona Beach, Florida and will be released in a few weeks in eBook, then in print about 60 days later. A synopsis can be found on my web page at www.authorcagriffith.com


3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Work experience.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
Multiple, but Lee Child is my favorite


5) What's your next writing project?
I'm still rolling ideas around in my head, but I'm leaning toward a ritualistic crime story and plan to begin the outline next month.

Thanks for the opportunity to be here and interact with everyone. Chris


message 135: by Christina (new)

Christina Mobley | 23 comments Hi, just wanted to let everyone know. My YA novel The Vangeretta Curse ~Elementris~ will be out in just a few weeks. Here is the synopsis if your interested and a link to the book trailer.

There are people born in this world…with a powerful connection to the earth itself. They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and an Elementris, but she was born alone. She has an affinity for all the elements. She is a True Elementris. Ava was abandoned by her mother at only five years old because of her special talents. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death.
Ava’s past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and time is running out. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava's life begins to twist completely out of control when she is forced to choose between love and friendship. Get ready for the storm…

http://youtu.be/s2nt_S7-Ks8
If anyone knows how to share it to my page, please let me know. I am still new to goodreads.


message 136: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Hancock | 3 comments Thanks for the oppotunity! :D
Here goes nothing :P

What is your name and bio?

My name is Natalie Hancock. I am a hyperactive writer of Erotic Paranormal Romance books. I write about vampires mainly, but would like to write stories of other paranormal creatures.
I love to read, listen to loud rock/hardcore music, game, and look after my crazy animals.
My blog is, http://nataie-hancock.blogspot.com, here you can see the book covers, loglines, blurbs and much more.


What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My first release is called Eternal Darkness. It is the first in the Cursed in Darkness Series. It tells the story of a half-breed dhampir who is forced to be around vampires for her own safety, the very creatures she want's nothing more than to drain dry. She must resist the burning hunger their blood brings to her stomach, and resist the forbidden desires one vampire in perticular brings to her, otherwise she risks having her deep dark secrets exposed, putting her in more danger than she already is.
You can find this book at: http://www.extasybooks.com/​Eternal-D...
http://www.amazon.com/​eternal-Darkne...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/​eternal-Dark...
http://www.smashwords.com/​books/view...
http://www.fictionwise.com/​ebooks/b1...
http://www.bookstrand.com/​eternal-da...
http://​www.allromanceebooks.com/​pro...




Where do you come up with your ideas?

I dream all of my ideas. It's just that simple.


What books/authors do you like to read?

I love to read paranormal romance, whether it be erotic or YA.
Some of my favourite authors to read are: Storm Savage, Christopher Pike, Jeaniene Frost, Jacquelyn Frank, Richelle Read, Rachel Caine, PC and Kristin Cast.


What's your next writing project?

I'm currently writing the seventh and last book in the Cursed in Darkness series.


message 137: by Christina (new)

Christina Mobley | 23 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
Christina Mobley, I am a stay at home mother with "completely full hands" as most of my friends say. I have four children ages 3, 5, 10, and 11. The 11-year-old has Autism. After realizing that there is no good childcare for special needs children with aggression problems I became a stay at home mom. My husband works a lot so I cleaned, went to appointments and moved furniture when I got bored. Then about three years ago, I discovered I like to write. I did not care that I had no idea how to write--I simply liked it and decided to figure out the rest later. Now I have finished one novel(The Vangeretta Curse ~Elementris~) and I am working on the second (TVC ~Exposure~)

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
The Vangeretta Curse ~Elementris~ (There are people born in this world…with a powerful connection to the earth itself. They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and an Elementris, but she was born alone. She has an affinity for all the elements. She is a True Elementris. Ava was abandoned by her mother at only five years old because of her special talents. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death.
Ava’s past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and time is running out. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava's life begins to twist completely out of control when she is forced to choose between love and friendship. Get ready for the storm…
Due to be released this April, to stay updated go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/Ch...


3) Where do you come up with your ideas? The idea for TVC came to me by this one little thing I made up “She’s like a wild and out of control wind, but also the most beautiful storm you have ever seen.” I liked to pretend I could make the wind blow when I was a child and fooled my little brother quite a few times by timing the wind just right. You should have seen the look on his face. 

4) What books/authors do you like to read? Nora Roberts, White Oleander, The absence of Nectar, and pretty much any book that has a paranormal element in it.

5) What's your next writing project? Half way through with The Vangeretta Curse ~Exposure~ the second book in hopefully a series of five. Also, working on my first Vamp book; I just had to do it hehe. It’s called After Ever.


message 138: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Landmark (clandmark) | 167 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Cheryl Landmark, and I live in a small hamlet called Gros Cap just west of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada on the magnificent shores of Lake Superior with my husband, Mike, and furry kid, Misty. I work full time as a sales analyst for a lottery corporation and love reading, doing challenging jigsaw puzzles, or enjoying the great outdoors.

I’m the author of two fantasy novels and a young adult adventure.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My latest fantasy novel is called POOL OF SOULS. Here’s a brief synopsis of it:

On the world called Regalis, the domains are ruled by kings and queens and mages wield great power. Queen Saranor, ruler of the Janix domain, is no longer content with reigning solely over her own queendom. She has become insanely greedy and ambitious and, with the help of the powerful mage, Nostrimus, and a soul-killing talisman called the Pool of Souls, she sets out on a brutal, bloody campaign to rule all of Regalis. Her bid for world dominance, however, is challenged by a rebellion led by General Darnellis Viadon, the former commander of her troops.

After her brother leaves their small hometown to join the general’s rebellion, twenty-two year old Cazlina Narzin decides to follow in his footsteps and enlist in the army as well. But, once away from the safety and isolation of Rothtown in the company of her loyal companion, Miris, Cazlina soon discovers that the battle zeal and passion she harbors to help rid the world of the renegade queen may not be enough to protect her from the danger and evil threatening her world.

Readers can find all three of my books at the following sites:

Amazon
CreateSpace
Smashwords
Barnes and Noble
And other ebook sites

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

I am blessed (or, cursed) with a very active imagination and have been since I was a child. Often, ideas or characters or snippets of dialogue will suddenly pop into my head and I’ll have an “Aha!” moment that inspires me to turn those ideas into a novel. I’m an insatiable reader and enjoy losing myself in imaginary worlds, so I decided as a kid that I was going to create my own realms that other people could journey to as well.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

As I said, I’m a prolific reader and will read almost any fiction genre. But, my first love is fantasy/science fiction and some of my favourite authors in that genre include J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Jim Butcher, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson and Robin Hobb. Next is urban fantasy/paranormal with the likes of Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Julie Kagawa, Jeaniene Frost, and so on. For mystery/suspense/horror, my favourites include Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

5) What's your next writing project?

I’m currently working on a dog detective series, which I hope will be published early this summer. After that, it’s on to a sequel to my young adult adventure novel SHADOWS IN THE BROOK. And then…well, let’s just say I have visions of more fantasies in the near future!


message 139: by George L. Cook (new)

George L. Cook III (glc3) | 104 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

My name is George Cook. I live in Hillside NJ and am active in politics as well as being an author. I currently am president of my local board of education. I served in the NJ National Guard from 1991-1994. I have been writing since I was ten years old. I love science fiction and horror. I am a NY Giants, Syracuse Orange Basketball, Michigan Wolverines ( football ), and NY Yankee fan.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

The name of my Kindle Book is the Dead War Series, Book 1.

The US Army doesn't run from any enemy, living......or dead! In the year 2053 the dead walked. Mankind was caught off guard at first but within six years mounted a massive military assault on the dead. These are the stories of some of those men and women that fought back.

The book is available at Amazon for $1.50 : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YEKJXO

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

The idea for The Dead War Series came from the fact that I am prior military and also that I love the AMC show The Walking Dead. I love military action adventures and I wanted to combine that with a zombie apocalypse type story.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

On the Kindle I have brought books in the zombie genre by many independent authors such as The Plague by M. Scott Burgess, Deadlocked by A.R. Wise, Contagion by L.I. Albemont, and of course World War Z by Max Brooks.

5) What's your next writing project?

I am currently working on a horror story titled Gargoyle which is a homage to the old monster movies that used to come on TV on a Saturday afternoon. Once that's finished it's right back to writing The Dead War Series Book 2: Abomination.


message 140: by Ann (new)

Ann Haines (annhaines79) | 22 comments Thanks so very much for this!!

1) What is your name and bio?

Ann Haines is a debut writer from the South East of England. She is a married mother of two, a horror movie buff, Tweeter, Blogger and a self-confessed geek………………………. and GLEEK (much to her sons annoyance).
She has been writing from an early age and even took to illustrations as she went through her teenage years. Although she still sketches as a hobby she now prefers to focus on her words. At nineteen she became a mother and had to put her writing on hold for a more lucrative job to support her and her son, as it was just the two of them. She never gave up the idea of becoming a writer though and when her son was four he gave her the idea for what is now her first book Brunswick.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

Brunswick.

When Jonathan wakes up beside a lake bruised and bleeding, he has no idea how he got there or where “there” really is. He must try to remember how he ended up in this place and why.
When he meets Grace and a group of people that seem to want to help him, he is thrown in to a world that he doesn’t know. Haunted by visions and voices in his head, Jonathan soon realises that this world isn’t as safe as he’d hoped.
Taken from his life and asked to save a land he knows nothing about, from a menacing hooded figure, Jonathan must learn quickly to survive. As he struggles to stay alive long enough to get home he is faced with a deadly choice, Join It or Die. And when it becomes clear that so many would do anything to kill him he must stay close to those who would kill for him.
To stay alive and get home he must face the one thing he never wanted to, the figure in black. And when the hood comes down Jonathan is faced with a revelation that could break him and destroy everything he has fought for.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007FZVOLC

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Oh gosh!! Everywhere and anywhere. My inspiration for Brunswick was my son Jonathan. My next book Mary is a form of the Bloody Mary urban legend which I’ve always loved. Some of my future stories are from my own fears and some are even dreams I’ve had.



4) What books/authors do you like to read?

James Herbert is a must if you enjoy horror and other dark stories, he is simply genius. Within my genre, I love Amanda Hocking and a newish author I am quickly becoming a fan of is M J Webb.

5) What's your next writing project?

My second novel Mary is out in May. Sneak peeks are now available on my blog. I’m also about to write my first in a series of anthologies, following a pair of twins that live in a funeral home. They will be anthologies of unhappy endings, so a little weird and creepy!!

Ann
xx


message 141: by James (new)

James Rada Jr. (jimrada) | 13 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

Hello everyone, my name is Jim Rada, though I publish my books under James Rada, Jr. I live in Gettysburg, PA, and have been a professional writer for nearly 25 year. (Boy, that sounds old.) I am the author of 7 novels. These include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His other novels are Logan’s Fire, Beast and My Little Angel. I also have 2 non-fiction books published, which are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland.

I have received two dozen awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for my newspaper writing. Though I still do some newspaper writing, including two local history columns, most of my articles are in national and regional magazines like History Channel Magazine.

I also run 2 blogs: Time Will Tell (historyarchive.wordpress.com) covers history news, reviews and some of my articles and Whispers in the Wind (jimrada.wordpress.com) is more about the writing life.

My books are available and online retailers, bookstores and www.aimpublishinggroup.com.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My most recent book is Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses.

When the Civil War broke out, the Union and the Confederacy were prepared to fight, but they weren’t prepared to care for their battle wounded. While many people volunteered to care for the soldiers, the only ones with any experience were Catholic sisters.

Among the sisters, the most-experienced were the Daughters of Charity based in Emmitsburg, MD. When war broke out, they had already been caring for the sick for decades.

“The country had only 600 trained nurses at the start of the Civil War. All were Catholic nuns. This is one of the best-kept secrets in our nation’s history,” Civil War chaplain Father William Barnaby Faherty once said.

Nearly 700 Catholic sisters from 22 orders provided some sort of service during the Civil War. The Daughters of Charity provided the largest number—around 300—to serve in the war.

Once the smoke dispersed and the armies moved on, the Daughters of Charity and other medical personnel moved in to help those left behind on the battlefield. Battlefield Angels captures the primitive conditions in which the medical staff of both armies worked to try and save lives.

The brutality of the war tested even the Daughters of Charity’s abilities as they ran hospitals, served on troop transports and provided care in battlefield hospitals and ambulances. Armies from both sides of the war even occupied the sisters’ Central House at times.

The Daughters of Charity had such a high level of trust among the government officials that they were allowed in the early part of the war to move back and forth across the border between North and South. Battlefield Angels follows them as they are called to serve in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. In some cases, soldiers had sisters caring for them on the battlefield, during their transport and at a hospital.

With their wide, white cornettes looking almost like wings, the Daughters of Charity did resemble battlefield angels. The sight of those wing-like cornettes told soldiers that relief was on the way; someone who cared for them was coming.

Battlefield Angels is available at local bookstores and specialty shops or at www.aimpublishinggroup.com.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Most of my ideas come from my reading of history books and historic newspapers. I’ll be researching an article and come across something else that I think deserves more attention than an article and I’ll put it aside in my idea file.

Sometimes my ideas come when my brain make connections between different topics I’ve read about and I see a way to connect them and present them in a different way. For instance, with my novel, Canawlers, I wanted to write a novel that brought life on the canal alive. As I pondered how to do that, I realized that the C&O Canal, running along the north side of the Potomac River as it did, was essentially the border between the North and South during the Civil War. I used the setting of the Civil War to show how life on the canal was and how war changed it.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

For non-fiction, I like David McCullough, Erik Larson, Nathaniel Philbrick and Laura Hillenbrand.

For fiction, I like Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais and Dean Koontz.

5) What's your next writing project?

I’ve got 2 books due out this year.

Looking Back II: More True Stories of Mountain Maryland is a follow-up to my non-fiction collection from a couple years ago. It’s due out this summer.

Saving Shallmar: Christmas in a Coal Town is a non-fiction book I’m very excited about that’s due out in the fall. It’s about the people in a small coal-mining town who were literally starving to death one Christmas and what was done to help them. I was able to track down some former residents who were kids at the time as well as finding an unpublished manuscript from a miner who worked in the town at the time. I’ve even got plenty of never-before-published pictures. Plus, I think it reads very well. I’m anxious to see how well it does on the market.

Thanks for your time. If you decide to give my books a chance, you won't be disappointed. Let me know what you think either way.


message 142: by Hope (new)

Hope Welsh (Hope_Welsh3) | 16 comments 1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Hope Welsh. I write romance--paranormal and romantic suspense. I've worked as a journalist, police officer, an EMT, Search & Rescue, and a high school English teacher.

I have found that I tend to use elements from my work choices often in my writing. It's a perk when I don't have to research police procedure or medical issues much--I lived them.

Nice to meet you all--I love reading. I've been writing for nearly thirty years.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

I have three books up currently. FORBIDDEN & ONCE BITTEN is a vampire anthology--pretty steamy--not quite erotic. Forbidden & once Bitten Two connecting stories.

LINKED is a paranormal romance. Lana and Cole must solve an ancient prophecy--in time. Evil is watching and time is running out. It's on Amazon exclusively. Linked

The third is THE STORM WITHIN & TABLE FOR TWO--an anthology of two stories. Romantic suspense. It's 99 cents right now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble--though Goodreads won't let me change the cover.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Everywhere--tv, life, and a lot from dreams.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

Some of my favorite authors are Linda Howard, Linda Wisdom, Amanda Hocking, HP Mallery, Susan Bischoff, Imogen Rose -- I enjoy romance and YA.

5) What's your next writing project? Right now, I'm working on a YA titled LET THERE BE LIGHT and the sequel to LINKED-- HOLDING THE LINK (Prophecy Series Book Two)


message 143: by Ross (last edited May 16, 2012 05:48AM) (new)

Ross Harrison (RossHarrison) | 10 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Ross Harrison, recently published sci fi author. I'm English, but moved to Ireland about 11 years ago, and have lived here ever since. I've been writing for as long as I can remember - though with my memory, that isn't saying much.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
My book is Shadow of the Wraith, science fantasy, space opera type thing.

Travis Archer, who fancies himself a space cowboy, is tasked with tracking down and destroying an apparent ghost ship, the Star Wraith. It destroys everything in its path, and now it's headed towards human space. But when Archer and his team board the Wraith, they discover that it is merely a symptom of a much larger problem. The next step is to bring an end to a 16,000 year old war.

Shadow of the Wraith is available in hardback and ebook, from Amazon US and Amazon UK.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
I don't know.

Maybe I should write a little more on that.

I generally plan out a very basic plot, or perhaps just where it starts, and then I start writing. It just comes to me as I go. Often, I can be reading a book and suddenly a plot point will come to me, and yet it is nothing whatsoever to do with the book I'm reading. So who knows? Not me!

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
Terry Pratchett is probably my favourite author. I also love the two Dirk Gently books from Douglas Adams. Other than that, I don't read a huge amount. I've read some Peter F Hamilton and Iain M Banks, and like them both, but they are a little hard to keep up with - not strictly speaking my kind of sci fi.

I actually quite like YA books, just because they can be so innocent and...well, nice. It's good to be able to read something like that now and then.

5) What's your next writing project?
Next up is editing book 2 of my science fantasy series, NEXUS, and then publishing it, too. Then I'll move on to finish off book 3, which I have already written nearly half of.

I also have a short story in the works, which is nothing to do with space or aliens or shooting at all. But it requires me to be in a certain mood to write, so I'm not getting much done on it at present.


Thank you for this thread :)


message 144: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Moorer (SherritheWriter) | 117 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
I'm Sherri Fulmer Moorer. By day, I work as a program assistant in professional licensing. By night, I write novels from my home in the woods with my husband, Rick, and our 3 birds: Sun conures Zack and Chloe and budgie Oliver

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
I have published 4 books:


Anywhere But Hereis a mystery novel about a young woman that battles the demon of depression - literally! It was released by Whiskey Creek Press in April.

Blurryis a young adult mystery novel about a girl that finds her perfect life turned upside down when she discovers that many of her friends are involved in a dangerous double life in their small town. This book was published by Wings ePress in August 2011.

Quarantineis a mystery novel about four women that are quarantined at work, and discover that the dark secrets in their small town might be more dangerous than the virus spreading through the office. I self published this book through Smashwords in September 2011.

Battleground Earth: Living by Faith in a Pagan Worldis a Christian/inspirational novel about unlocking the potential of your faith and living your best life. It was published by PublishAmerica in 2004.

I also self published two short works that are available for free:

Resonanceis a horror long story about two college students that experience strange events in the woods around their home when one of them buys a mysterious painting.

So You Want to Be a Writeris a short guide for beginners that want to get started as a writer.

These books are available at http://www.amazon.com/author/sherrimo... and more information is available on my website at http://www.sherrithewriter.com

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Real life is the inspiration. I draw on everything: People, places, and events that I experience, that others talk about, and that I read of in the news. I also read a good bit and find that inspiring as well.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I am a fan of mysteries and science fiction, although I admit to reading a wide variety of things. I particularly like J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Christopher Paolini, P.D. James, R.A. Salvatore, Ben Bova, and I recently discovered Kim Stanley Robertson. In non-fiction I like Joyce Meyer and Charles Swindoll.

5) What's your next writing project?
The end of the world is just the beginning in my recently completed science fiction novel titled "Splinter." It takes place in the year 3001 on a space station orbiting Jupiter and I am currently querying it to my publishers with fingers crossed that one of them will publish it.

I'm currently working on a murder mystery novel titled "Move." It's about a young woman that can't get a break and is always getting stepped on. She unknowingly makes an agreement with a djinn, and that just makes things worse.

I also have 2 projects on the drawing board. One is a follow up to Battleground Earth. I actually wrote it many years ago but dropped it when I switched to fiction. I'm thinking about taking it back up and doing updates and rewrites. It's about living by faith, but I'm thinking of rewriting it to focus more on unlocking your full potential.

The second project is a guide to being a bird owner. I'm not a biologist, but I've had birds as pets since I was 10 years old and would like to share what I've learned as a "mother hen" to helping these wonderful pets thrive and reach their maximum life expectancy. There's really a gap in this market, as there are plenty of books on cats and dogs, but few on birds - yet there are lots of bird owners out there.


message 145: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (RDouglass) | 195 comments I'm in!

Name and bio:
I'm Rebecca Douglass, mild-mannered library aide by day, author, schools volunteer, and mother of (gulp) teens the rest of the day. Usually unconscious by night. I was largely raised in WA state, but have lived in the SF Bay Area since 1994, with my spouse and (after a bit) two boys.

What is my book and where?
My books is The Ninja Librarian, a collection of tall tales that tell the story of a very fictional town called Skunk Corners. All is predictable there, if not very pleasant, until an older librarian gets off the train and proves that looks can be deceiving--and that the town doesn't have to be such an awful place.

The book is available at Amazon (as a paperback or Kindle) as well as at B&N (Nook) and Smashwords.
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-M-Dougl...

Where do I get my ideas?
Anywhere and everywhere. Usually in a way from life, but exaggeration seems to come naturally to me, so even my "realistic" fiction (some of which may eventually become available) has a certain element of hyperbole--and humor. Many of the adventures in The Ninja Librarian grew out of incidents at the library. The original idea grew out of one smart-aleck comment by the reference librarian, who bears a surprising physical resemblance to the book's eponymous hero.

What books/authors do I like to read?
I have pretty eclectic (or was that eccentric?) tastes. I am a big fan of humor: P.G. Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett (thanks to the folks in the Humor group1). I also enjoy mysteries: Dorothy Sayers, Jacqueline Winspeare, Aaron Elkins, Dana Stabenow, Nancy Atherton, Nevada Barr, Peter Bowen. . . Likewise juvenile lit (upper elem more than YA, as the latter is usually too full of teen romantic angst for me): Richard Peck, Brian Jacques, Christopher Paul Curtis, Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery. I incline a lot to historical juvvy, and learn a lot there.

Oh, yeah, I like non-fiction, too, especially history, and science/natural science to stretch my English-lit brain a bit.


Next writing project:
About 1/3 to 1/2 through the sequel to my first book. When that's done, I want to revisit some older works, including a mystery about a murder in the Pissmawallops Island PTA (see what I mean about not taking anything too seriously?).


message 146: by Brandi (new)

Brandi Salazar (bsal_83) | 8 comments 1)What is your name and bio?

My name is Brandi Salazar and I was born in Michigan, Indiana. I grew up in Ohio, where I currently live with my husband, our three children, and many pets. I love anything creative, whether it is photography, writing, or drawing/painting. I currently run a blog with a close friend and author http://fictitiouschronicles.blogspot.... which is enjoying great success, as well as a personal blog http://twistingyourmindonewordatatime... .

2)What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

My book is titled Buried Secrets and can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Secrets-...

Synopsis-

How do you live with yourself when you don't even know who you are?

On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while being thrust into a murder mystery, James finds himself trying to figure out which end is up while questioning his own sanity.

3)Where do you come up with your ideas?

My ideas usually come to me in a moment of quiet when I am folding laundry, brushing my teeth, or sleeping, although I have been known to dream up a storyline or two. I also try to take from my surroundings where I have gathered enough information to create one of my stories.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

I have several. The author that made me want to write was the late L.A. Banks who used a mix of paranormal, romance, action/adventure, and religion to shape her stories. From there I have latched on to Richelle Mead, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, and so many more. The list is always growing!

5) What's your next writing project?

I am currently working on a series of short stories, but when those are finished; I plan to start work on the second novel in my Brotherhood series, A Warrior’s Betrayal, which I hope to release sometime this summer.


message 147: by Jenn (last edited May 21, 2012 11:04AM) (new)

Jenn Flynn-Shon (jennshon) | 51 comments Jenn Flynn-Shon is an Author, born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area but currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. She quite happily lives, child-free, with her husband in the Valley of the Sun. She is an avid recycler, upcycler, and refuser of superfluous things. Love of sports is a cultural experience, an almost mandated way of life for most Bostonians, and Jenn is no exception to that rule. Jenn loves to travel, read, spend time with family and friends, and blog. "Ripple the Twine" is her first fiction novel.

"Ripple the Twine" is A Tomboy-meets-Townie love story and tale about how friendship can save your life.

Sara Quinn is a Sportswriter from Boston and over the past year she has started to earn major respect in the local market. In the process, however, she abandoned her personal relationships and put her emotions in the box. Regardless of her self-imposed timeout, a friend introduces her to Ben. With blue eyes, black hair and a brogue, he's her ultimate triple threat. But they connect just as Sara learns that her friends are facing heavy emotional crises. She starts offering advice, becoming a rock for everyone else, and in the process Sara unearths her own long dormant insecurities. But a bag of peanut butter cups and a hockey game won't fix her issues. She's got to move past her emotional past without hiding behind her career for once. She needs her friend's support as much as they need hers and the four will quickly discover that, when they stick together, their offense is virtually unstoppable.

The book is available in paperback format through Lulu.
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback...

To learn more about the book or the Author please visit these links:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/JennFlynnShon
Twitter - http://twitter.com/jennshon
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/jennshon
Personal Blog - http://randomnessandlunacy.blogspot.com
Writer Blog - http://writesy.blogspot.com

As an Irish gal who grew up in the Boston area loving sports and all things Tomboy, my characters are generally successful and slightly more neurotic versions of myself. I like to look into real situations, real life experiences, and draw out the central point to build a character. I read the Boston papers online, listen to my friends real life experiences and pull from my own to add life and vibrancy to my characters.

My current favorite books and Authors are generally about central female characters who show courage for everyday situations. My genres of choice are Chick-Lit and anything with a plucky voice. Jen Lancaster, Marian Keyes, Marisa de los Santos, Thomasina Burke, Caprice Crane...

I'm currently working on my second novel about an early 40's divorcee thrust into the modern dating world after being married for over 20 years. She's somewhat cynical and jaded from her experience but still believes love can be found. If only she didn't forget how to look for it!


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Glenn Snyder | 6 comments 1) What is your name and bio?
My name is Glenn Snyder. I grew up in Marin County, a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. After graduating from UCLA, I worked as a finance professional. In 2001, I earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco. For five years, I taught Finance at San Francisco State University, while I also wrote the first draft of One Moment in Time, which I published in May 2011. I am currently a Finance Director and is working on his second novel.


2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

One Moment In Time by Glenn SnyderOne Moment In Time
On a stormy November evening, Jack Barrett had plans to treat his best friend Travis to a night of fine dining and jazz. As they neared their destination, a truck ran a red light, plowing through Jack’s car, and changing his life forever. Jack found a new outlook on life, and took on adventures that made him one of the world’s most admired people. With each step, Jack grew as a person and a leader; piecing together a family from different corners of the world, while risking himself and his family to save others. Jack’s impact on the world was like no other, but in the end, when the lights and the cameras were gone, Jack was about to die, or was he? Prepare yourself for a surprising ending that questions the very nature between life and death, reality and dream.

Readers can find it on Amazon (in paperback or kindle) or at www.OneMomentInTimeNovel.com


3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
The idea for One Moment In Time actually came from a dream. It was one of those rare dreams that I remembered every detail long after I woke up. Most of my ideas really comes from my environment. I love to read, and I like to think that I have a pretty creative mind (despite the fact that my "career" is in finance).

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
I'm a big fan of political and legal thrillers. I like David Baldacci, James Grippando, Dan Brown, John Grisham (earlier stuff is the best), and Brad Thor.

5) What's your next writing project?
My next novel is about a wealthy stock broker who is accused of murdering his wife. As the media paints a picture of him as a murderer and he is walked out of his office in handcuffs, his life falls apart around him. Not only did he lose the love of his life, but now he's fighting to keep his freedom.


message 149: by Claude (last edited Jun 27, 2012 04:16PM) (new)

Claude Dancourt (Claudedancourt) | 90 comments Greetings to all,


1) What's your name and bio?
My name is Claude Dancourt, and I'm complicated... I'm french-canadian, to the word: I was born in France but I live in Canada. I'm a hockey junkie, a book addict, a geologist, an engineer, a writer, I like to cook and when I manage to fit that in my schedule, sleep.

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?
I wrote two novels, a contemporary romance SECOND CHANCES and a historical fantasy RETURN TO CAER LON.
and a historical fantasy Both can be found on Amazon (click on the titles for links).

SECOND CHANCES is the story of Arthur and Maya, and how opposites attract. Arthur is a jerk, womanizer, workaholic, you name it. Maya is sweet, strongheaded when she wants to, and happy with her life. But Arthur needs help to keep his father at bay, and Maya needs help saving a child. Or what they both need is finding their right place in this world.

RETURN TO CAER LON is a sword&sorcery novel, based upon the Arthurian Legend. For Prince Derek Pendragon, what started as a simple rescue mission becomes a deadly quest for the forgotten capital of the High Kings when he is confronted with Wolfryth, the sorcerer who killed his father. With the beautiful Sacha by his side, Derek walks a thin line between Myth and History to uncover a city lost for three hundred years.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?
Ideas for new stories come a bit from everywhere. While grocering shopping, in the shower, watching a movie, listening to the radio. Or even watching the sunset.

4) What books/authors do you like to read?
Of course, I read a lot. Mostly action/adventure and fantasy. I'm into G.R.R. Martin at the moment. I own all Clive Cussler's novels, James Rollins and Douglas Preston&Child. I read Anne Rice, Elizabeth Peters, Agatha Christie, A. Connan Doyle, Shakespeare, etc. Funnily, my novels generally include a romantic element, but I rarely read pure romance. I prefer a story with strong romantic elements, like some of Nora Roberts' novels.

5) What's your next writing project?
My current project is a paranormal fantasy, MOONSHADOWS. I hope you will visit my website to know more about me and my writing.


Claude Dancourt


message 150: by Kay (new)

Kay Glass (kayglass) 1) What is your name and bio?

My name is Kay Glass. I'm a wife of nearly six year, and the mother of two beautiful children. I've been a stay-at-home mom and one day I simply decided, "Instead of waiting for the kids to go to school so you can find a job you don't care about, why not start writing a book like you've always wanted to do?" I decided, hey, if it sucks, no one needs to know. Then one day it stopped being a story, and it's very real to me. Now it's my job, my career, a huge part of my life- but it's still a great deal of fun!

2) What is your book title, synopsis, and where can readers find it?

I'm currently writing the Just One Bite series, exclusively published on Amazon Kindle. They're also available on Amazon in paperback format.

Love Bite was released March 1st: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Bite-Just-...

Bitten By Regret was released April 11th:
http://www.amazon.com/Bitten-Regret-J...

Taste of Grief will be released July 15th, with paperback copies to follow about a week later.

3) Where do you come up with your ideas?

Mainly from dreams, actually. I'll have these really strange dream and be compelled to write them down. Before I know it, I have the beginning of a short story, or a book series if I'm very lucky!

4) What books/authors do you like to read?

Oh, a little bit of everything! I started with authors like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, JD Robb/ Nora Roberts, Laurell K. Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and many, many others. Now I'm reading mainly indies, and I've not only found that I like their stories just as much, but many of them have become friends as well. Authors like Aiden James, Natalie Gibson, CJ Ellisson, and Solitaire Parke to name a few. I just love to read, and I'm finding just as much enjoyment in reviewing as I do reading the stories.

5) What's your next writing project?

I'm finishing up Taste of Grief now, and I plan to start on the fourth book in the series, Bite of Envy, not long after completing it. I'm also writing Teach Me, My Love, a short erotic story under the pen name Kendra Glenn. I plan on starting a new series as well called Strange Curses. All I know for certain is that there's plenty more to come!


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